By W. Wayne MarlowMarch 11, 2014
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - Restructuring the unit, developing leaders, and sustaining readiness for reserve component forces were the focus of the First Army Spring Commander's Conference held here March 5-7 in First Army headquarters.
First Army commanding general, Lt. Gen. Michael S. Tucker, and First Army command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Sam L. Young, hosted the event.
Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, U.S. Forces Command commanding general, addressed the conference on the final day. Allyn told attendees they were a key part of the Army's pending changes.
"I'm excited about the progress you're making, and I appreciate you giving me the feedback about the bumps in the road we're still facing," he said. "I am confident that, with the leadership we've got on this team, that we are committed to the Secretary of the Army's vision of Total Force Policy. The Secretary of the Army has given clear guidance, and we're going to deliver."
Allyn also touched on leader development. "We've got stronger leaders in the Army than we've ever had," he said. "We will continue to build and maintain those leaders and, 10 years from now, we're going to have the world's most dominant land force, just like we do today. You can count on it."
Attending the conference were First Army division and brigade commanders and command sergeants major, as well as senior Army advisors to the Army National Guard and command teams from the 87th and 85th Army Reserve Support Commands.
Conference participants discussed topics including the "Bold Shift" restructure of First Army, the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign, Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, comprehensive Soldier fitness, Army Total Force Policy, and training management and readiness challenges for the reserve component.
The conference concluded Friday night with the First Army Spring Formal at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport, Iowa.